Mourning Daniel Harris’s Passing

With great sadness, we announce the death of a dear friend of Not in Our Town Princeton and unceasing social justice advocate, Dr. Daniel Harris, on December 26, 2019.

Daniel is well known throughout Princeton for his work on sustainability and environmental issues and, most recently, for helping prepare the Civil Rights Commission’s resolution passed by Princeton Council to institute Indigenous People’s Day, only the second town in New Jersey to do so.

Daniel was a faithful attendee of Not in Our Town’s Continuing Conversations and other organization events.  Previously, in 2014, Daniel organized a rally to protest the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.  He applied his gifts as a poet to issues of racism, as illustrated in his latest book Accents, which traced his growing awareness of the harm racism causes and his own white privilege.  He read some of these poems at the Princeton Arts Council as part of Art Against Racism in September.  Daniel came by his anti-racism activism naturally, since he was a descendant of abolitionist Rabbi David Einhorn, who had to flee a Baltimore mob that tried to tar and feather him for speaking out against slavery.

Caroline Clark, NIOT board member, said, “Daniel was fierce, both as an advocate for social justice and an ally to NIOT.  We have lost one of our guiding stars. Rest in peace Friend.”

May his memory be for a blessing and an inspiration to carry on the work of racial justice.


One Comment on “Mourning Daniel Harris’s Passing

  1. Daniel was a beautiful soul and he will be missed by many. I remember when he shared his family history with me it literally felt as if the roof lifted. He was a tireless advocate of the importance of learning and unlearning. He reminded me that in our shared histories there were many ancestors who spoke out against division, slavery, racism and other “isms” and it is our collective responsibility in this lifetime to continue creating those same kind of stories so that our descendants are better able to find their courage and their paths. When I hear “If you see something, say something” I think of Daniel as he would not only say something, but tried to find a way to “do something” for things that rose up in his stream of importance.

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